Thick Tailed Gecko


Common Name: Thick Tailed Gecko
Scientific Name: Underwoodisaurus milii
Family: Gekkonidae (Geckos)
Genus: Underwoodisaurus
Status: Secure – Category 3
Size: SVL 102 mm

—— Description ——
There are only two plump bodied species in this genus. They have large deep heads, plump tails and slender limbs. Digits short, clawed and padless with enlarged transverse lamellae. Tails squarish to carrot shaped, original tail-tips tapering. Scales small and granular, mixed with low tubercles. Terrestrial, sheltering by day under rocks, logs or in burrows. When threatened they raise their bodies and lunge at their aggressor, uttering a loud wheezing bark. Underwoodisaurus milii: SVL 96mm Pink to dark purplish brown with many cream to yellow spots each centred on a tubercle (bump). Original tail black with 5 – 6 white bands. Regenerated tail, heart shape, with little pattern. See also Nephrurus levis.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Occupies woodlands and heathlands on sandy soils and limestones along lower west coast and off-shore islands from Shark Bay south to Perth. S. s. inornatus extends from the Darling Range along south coast and south-western interior, occupying a broad range of habitats.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Shelters in hollow limbs, beneath loose bark, on shaded branches or foliage of trees and shrubs, and among stems and leaves of grass trees (Xanthorrhoea) or tussocks of beach spinifex (Spinifex longifolius).

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • An adequately sized Reptile Vivarium.
  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Water Bowl.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.